COVID-19 Student & Staff Update
Auckland is at Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 Learn More
New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel

The aim of this programme is to develop graduates who have the skills and knowledge to work as senior operators at a strategic level in the hotel, tourism and travel industries or progress to futher study.

Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning

One year ful-ltime
Up to four years part-time
Intakes are 17 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning

2021 Intake 4: 02 August to 26 November - Applications Close 21July 2021

2022 Intake 1: 7 February to 3 June - Applications Close 26 January 2022

2022 Intake 2: 28 March to 22 July - Applications Close 16 March 2022

2022 Intake 3: 13 June to 7 October - Applications Close 1 June 2022

2022 Intake 4: 1 August to 25 November - Applications Close 20 July 2022


This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • No Tuition Fees
  • Direct Material Costs: $7.00 per credit (incl GST) (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course)

International Students

  • $100 per credit
  • Analyse and evaluate local, national and international tourism operating environments in order to effectively develop and guide strategic business direction in the tourism industry
  • Identify and analyse strategic leadership roles and styles, and the potential impact on change management for a tourism enterprise
  • Develop, analyse and critique tourism business strategic systems and processes that enable the commercial development of a quality visitor experience and contribute to overall sustainable business effectiveness
  • Prepare effective public relations campaigns including multi-media communications for a tourism business development
  • Analyse and propose strategic business models to improve environmental sustainability for a tourism business or tourism business development
  • Develop strategic investment plans for a tourism enterprise


DTT601 Contemporary Tourism Operation (15 credits)

The paper will enable students to develop a critical understanding of tourism markets, and the wider tourism landscape, on a local, national and international scale and appreciate the complexities external factors like globalisation and mass tourism can have on travel and tourism operations.

DTT602 Tourism Policy and Planning (15 credits)

The paper will enable students to understand how tourism policy and strategy, guides, shapes and drives sustainable tourism operations in local, national and international environments and  provide them with the skills and knowledge to critique tourism policy and planning in existing travel and tourism organisations.

DTT603 Leadership and Management in Tourism (15 credits)

The paper will enable students to develop a critical understanding of leadership and management roles in organisations and the role of the leadership team in the change management functions of travel and tourism operations.

DTT604 Public Relations in Tourism (15 credits)

The paper will enable students to develop a critical understanding of public relations (PR) concepts and theories and how PR is used in business, and how effective PR campaigns can enhance business operations across the travel and tourism sector.

DTT605 Environmentally Sustainable Management (15 credits)

The paper will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the environmental impact of tourism and recognise the responsibility of travel and tourism operators to develop and follow business models that engage in environmentally sustainable practices.

DTT606 The Visitor Experience (15 credits)

The paper will provide students with the skills and knowledge to plan, design, and develop effective sustainable business systems, processes and practices that enable the commercial development of high-quality visitor experiences across the travel and tourism sector.

DTT608 Business Investment Strategy (30 credits)

This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to create strategic investment strategies that enable travel and tourism operations to meet their long-term strategic goals. Students will be able to analyse business performance, conduct competitive analysis, assess and develop growth strategies and produce metrics to continually monitor and evaluate investment strategies.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work at a senior level in a tourism and travel related business.  Roles may include tourism operations manager, tourism business development manager, general manager and trade development manager.

School Leavers
Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age and have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or equivalent.

Mature Applicants
Applicants over the age of 20 years at the time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in the programme of study. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or equivalent and/or employment in the tourism or related sector at an entry-level management position or higher for two or more years.

They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I understand that all examinations will be completed on-line on Blackboard at a Kip McGrath centre or pre-authorised venue under agreed supervision. If a Kip McGrath venue is not accessible then individual arrangements must be made with SIT2LRN at least one month prior to the date of the exam. I understand that exams are scheduled within the last week of each intake and it is my responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to be available as the dates are strictly non-negotiable. Specific dates for each paper will be indicated on Blackboard at the start of the intake.
  • I have computer access, an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents. Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

Please note: students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit zero fees entitlement.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

Suggested Courses